February 2021

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Online criminology program ranked #1 in the nation

MAS named 2021 best in criminal justice by U.S. News & World Report

For the second year in a row, the Master of Advanced Study in criminology, law and society has been named the nation’s best online criminal justice master’s program by U.S. News & World Report.
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Examining groundwater management 

New research points to overreliance on managed aquifer recharge 

“The parts of California that we’re studying — the places that are required to come up with groundwater sustainability plans — are places that are in critical overdraft, which means that they are using more groundwater than is sustainable long term.” — Nícola Ulibarrí, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy.
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Studying shadow costs 

Sykes investigates effect of economic and informational inequality

What happens to people who fail to complete court-ordered rehabilitation treatment, courses or programs is what Bryan Sykes, associate professor of criminology, law and society, is investigating. 
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New in-prison bachelor’s degree to transform lives

UCI LIFTED will help lower recidivism rates through higher education

For people who are incarcerated, college can change their lives. To help people in prison along the college pathway, UCI has launched a new initiative called LIFTED (Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees). Listen to LIFTED Director Keramet Reiter, associate professor of criminology, law and society at UCI, talk about the program in this podcast.
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New assay serves COVID-19 researchers

IISBR offers coronavirus antibody assay

As part of its salivary assay services, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research is offering a COVID-19 antibody assay to researchers. It provides an opportunity to study the long-term effects of past COVID-19 infections on other behavioral and health outcomes.
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Transforming wastewater

Allaire assesses disparities in wastewater infrastructure

Maura Allaire, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, and Ph.D. student Qi Bing are collaborating with researchers nationwide on a project that will pilot a sustainable approach to wastewater treatment in underserved communities in the Black Belt region of rural Alabama.
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Double national committee duty  

Nancy Rodriguez, professor of criminology, law and society, has been named to committees in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and the National Collaborative on Gun Violence.
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Water quality control 

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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Social Media Buzz

Our most popular post on social media last month was about the third graduation of Orange County Young Adult Court, which was created by Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychological science. 
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